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Fincharn,cairn north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Argyll, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.1823 / 56°10'56"N

Longitude: -5.382 / 5°22'55"W

OS Eastings: 190206

OS Northings: 704000

OS Grid: NM902040

Mapcode National: GBR FD2C.RKC

Mapcode Global: WH1JQ.9VDY

Entry Name: Fincharn,cairn NE of

Scheduled Date: 9 October 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5421

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)

Location: Glassary

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Mid Argyll

Traditional County: Argyllshire


This cairn is situated immediately NE of Fincharn farmsteading.

Subcircular on plan, it measures 24m in diameter and despite being severely robbed is still 1.2m high. Near the edge of the cairn on the SSE is a cist; it measures 1.35m by 0.8m, the side slab protruding some 0.4m. A large slab on the W of the cairn appears to be firmly set but in the absence of excavation its purpose is uncertain. In the NE half there is the foundation of a rectangular structure of no great age.

The area to be scheduled is roughly rectangular on plan, measuring 40m from SW to NE by 35m transversely, to include the cairn and an area around in which traces of activities associated with its use and construction may survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to provide information about late Neolithic or Bronze Age burial practice and other contemporary activity, for example from the old ground surface which it is likely to seal.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NM 90 SW 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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